Okay, so these are really a variation of a theme, but I really enjoyed the stenciled Conversation Heart Cherry Pies and thought it would be cute to make a St. Patrick's Day version. The fundraiser on St. Patrick's Day I'm donating sweets to is coming up and these will be a fun addition to cupcakes, cookies, and brownies I'm planning to bake. Since I already had the Celtic Stencils on hand from sugar cookies I made a few months ago, all I needed was:
- pie crust dough
- a cookie cutter
- peach filling
- edible food powder
- a food paintbrush.
In keeping with St. Patrick's Day, I wanted to use the colors found in the flag of Ireland: green, white, and orange. Green would be represented by the stencil color, white by the crust, and orange by the peach filling. I experimented with two colors of powder, dark green and light pearl green:
Sealed them up and placed them in the oven:
They cooked up nicely, but I thought the light green (top pie) was too light and the dark green (2 middle pies) were too dark, so I mixed the two and came up with a dark-ish sparkly green (bottom 2 pies) that I was happy with:
Did I mention I love peach pie? Well, I love all fruit pies, actually:
I love how quickly these little pies bake up. The prep time is minimal, especially if you don't stencil and, instead, sprinkle powdered sugar on them after they've cooled. Also, they are wonderfully portable. My friend Amy was visiting me from Buffalo this past weekend and I gave her a few for the plane ride home. She suggested adding some coarse to the top crust before baking. I think that's a fantastic idea and I'll definitely do that for the bake sale!